Tour de France 2013: Stage 1 Results

The first stage of the 100th anniversary edition of the Tour de France closed on a bit of a sour note as many of the sprinter’s teams missed their opportunity to go for the win.

The part of the race that we rarely get to see is the race caravan that precedes the riders. The caravan is not only a marketing opportunity for the race sponsors, but also a way for team vehicles to arrive at the finish ahead of the riders. Today, however, the caravan affected the race as the Orica-GreenEDGE team bus, too tall to make it under the finish line banner, got stuck.

Race commissionaires were scrambling to dislodge to bus, but in the confusion, the finish line was temporarily moved up 3 kilometers, then moved back as the bus was cleared. A crash inside of the provisional finish line took out many of the favorites, including Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. Rules usually state that results are neutralized when there is a crash within the final 3 km, but in this case the line moved.

A reduced peloton raced on towards the original finish. Mark Cavendish’s teammate Niki Terpstra appeared to have the legs to take the win, but he went out a little too early and was swept up by the pack. Marcel Kittel, a strong sprinter in his own right, was able to sprint to the win.

More results to come.

Stage 1 Results:

  1. Marcel Kittel, Argos-Shimano, 4h 53′ 46″ 
  2. Alexander Kristoff, Katusha
  3. Danny Van Poppel, Vacansoleil-DCM
  4. David Millar, Garmin-Sharp
  5. Matteo Trentin, Omega Pharma – Quick Step
  6. Samuel Dumoulin, Ag2R
  7. Gregory Henderson, Lotto-Belisol
  8. Jurgen Roelandts, Lotto-Belisol
  9. Joaquin Rojas, Movistar
  10. Kris Boeckmans, Vacansoleil-DCM

General Classification After Stage 1:

  1. Marcel Kittel, Argos-Shimano, 4h 53′ 46″
  2. Alexander Kristoff, Katusha
  3. Danny Van Poppel, Vacansoleil-DCM
  4. David Millar, Garmin-Sharp
  5. Matteo Trentin, Omega Pharma – Quick Step
  6. Samuel Dumoulin, Ag2R
  7. Gregory Henderson, Lotto-Belisol
  8. Jurgen Roelandts, Lotto-Belisol
  9. Joaquin Rojas, Movistar
  10. Kris Boeckmans, Vacansoleil-DCM

Points Classification:

  1. Marcel Kittel (Germany / Argos) 45
  2. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha) 35
  3. Danny van Poppel (Netherlands / Vacansoleil) 30
  4. David Millar (Britain / Garmin) 26
  5. Matteo Trentin (Italy / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 22
  6. Lars Boom (Netherlands / Belkin) 20
  7. Samuel Dumoulin (France / AG2R) 20
  8. Kris Boeckmans (Belgium / Vacansoleil) 19
  9. Greg Henderson (New Zealand / Lotto) 18
  10. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spain / Vacansoleil) 17

Mountains:

1. Juan Jose Lobato, Euskaltel-Euskadi

Team:

  1. Vacansoleil(Netherlands) 14:50:36″
  2. Orica(Australia) ST
  3. Lotto(Belgium)
  4. AG2R(France)
  5. Movistar(Spain)
  6. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step(Belgium)
  7. Katusha(Russia)
  8. Sojasun(France)
  9. Argos(Netherlands)
  10. Team Sky(Britain)

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